Honorary Research Associate and Lecturer, University of Sydney

Dr Pryke is an Honorary Research Associate and Casual Lecturer in the Department of Hebrew Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney, and an an Honorary Associate of Sydney's Department of Classics and Ancient History.

In 2016, Louise was a recipient of the International Association for Assyriology (IAA) Fund - an international award for early career scholars in Assyriology.

Dr Pryke's research interests include myths and narrative literature in the Ancient Near East, and the interplay between humanity, animality and divinity in the ancient world. Louise is the author of Scorpion (2016) and Ishtar (2017). Her most recent book, Gilgamesh, was published in April 2019. Gilgamesh explores the world's first hero of epic literature. She is currently writing Turtle.


  • 2019–present
    Associate lecturer, Sydney University